Warning: This title contains sexual content, bad behavior, mild profanity and immature characters.
What readers are saying:
"Like Beavis and Butthead...only hotter and sassier."
"Lure is like a cross between Saving Grace, Ghost Hunters and Jersey Shore."
"Fans of the movies The Hangover and Brides Maids are sure to enjoy this irreverent comedy."
Sam Flock is a good cop, even if she does drink too much. Off-duty, she's been known to cause her own trouble, but when she drives into the side of an ambulance after seeing a ghost, her career in law enforcement meets its end. Determined to find answers, she forms a paranormal investigation agency with her capable but sometimes annoying friend, Shells. Though they are perhaps the world's worst paranormal investigators, they find something beyond their wildest imaginings.
About the Author
Years later, he channeled that passion to create The World of Godsland YA fantasy series, which also includes multiple free young adult books. Call of the Herald, the series starter, is one such Kindle freebie.
Rathbone gives away many of his Young Adult books for free in order to let readers sample his work at no risk to them and so those without a large reading budget can enjoy an epic adventure.
Brian's books are inspired by many of his favorite tales from JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, JK Rowling and George R R Martin. His journey as an independent author has largely been influenced by writers like Joseph Lallo, Scott Sigler, MR Mathias, Jeff Wheeler and Nathan Lowell.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Overall, this book was good. Sam and Shells pretty much partied all the time and were pretty funny together, always getting into some sort of trouble. Sam is a strong female lead who doesn't take crap from anyone and doesn't back down from a challenge. Sam is an ex-cop turned paranormal investigator, together with her friend Shells. They are called to Lake Lure to investigate some paranormal activity and jump at the chance to get out of town for a while. This story started off good, but ultimately never went anywhere. We saw a lot of Sam and Shells partying, and that's about it. The buildup to the ending was a bit slow, though entertaining, but once we got there it was very anticlimactic. It seemed that throughout the whole book I was waiting for something that never came, and I was left wanting something more out of the book. That being said, if you're looking for a quick, humorous story about two friends on a cross country trip, this is it.
I received this book for free from the Goodreads group Making Connections in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All in all I ended up liking this story since it did keep my interest, but it was also very frustrating. The plot really appealed to me when I read the synopsis, but the delivery seemed disjointed, almost like it was written as stream of consciousness (which I'm not a huge fan of) rather than a coherent story. As for the characters. I really wanted to like Sam, but I was not overly impressed with her. I just kept waiting for her to learn a lesson, grow up, something, but that just never seemed to happen. Perhaps it wasn't supposed to, I'm just not entirely sure. And I have to say WTH is up with Shells. I am all for quirky, funny sidekicks, but this was ridiculous. I almost stopped reading because of her. I personally find the occasional use of urban slang to be amusing, but when it apparently makes up the bulk of your vocabulary you just end up sounding like a moron! Despite all of the above, despite any complaints I was intrigued by the story, and I think the characters did actually work together since there were many laugh out loud moments, especially from Sam and Shells investigations. I just suggest cooling it with the "straight up yo"'s.
Previous to this book, I read Rathbone's fantasy series which rated as five stars. I have to believe that Lure was an earlier work. It just wasn't as good. It seemed to rely on bad language and bad behavior waaaay more than necessary. But to be fair, the fantasy genre is more appealing to me than whatever genre Lure may be classified as. I just think this could have been much better than it was.
If you can get past Sam acting like a teenager instead of an adult at the beginning you will enjoy the story. I still find it hard to believe that Sam was on the police force because she certainly was not making rational decisions at first. Shells is not really mature either and I found myself wanting to slap the both of them more than once. However if you can make it past that the story is worth reading. By the end it seems like Sam has matured some and if this were to become a series I would read follow up books. Give it a chance.